UPDATE, 11:35 a.m.: Investigators with the Eureka Police Department were finishing up processing the scene of last night’s suspicious transient death behind the Eureka Nazarene Church when LoCO arrived this morning. Detective Ron Harpham was willing to state in stronger language than was included in today’s press release what he believed law enforcement is dealing with, here. 

“It’s a homicide. It’s a murder. I’ll say that much,” Harpham said. “And I’m pretty sure that it’s not a self-defense murder. The evidence shows that much.” 

We will update when we know more. 

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Original Post: Eureka Police Department press release: 


The Eureka Police Department is investigating a suspicious death that appears to be a homicide.  The deceased has been identified as 56 year old Charles “Chuckie” Levaugh, a transient of Eureka.  His death occurred sometime between Monday, December 4, 2017 around 11:35 p.m. and Tuesday, December 5, 2017 around 12:45 a.m. in the alley to the rear the 2039 E Street in Eureka.  

We are looking for anyone who knew Levaugh or of any significant events associated with him. We are also looking for anyone who heard a disturbance about that time of night or has a game camera or surveillance system that may capture a person or vehicle in the area during that one hour time period and time leading up to the event.   A picture of Levaugh is attached to this release.

Anyone with information or surveillance is asked to contact Senior Detective Harpham at (707) 441-4305 or rharpham@ci.eureka.ca.gov Tuesday through Friday 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.